The weather is beginning to shift here in San Diego which means the essence of fall can finally begin to be felt. From the overcast sky and temperatures that are dancing at the low 70s, I’m living for these October-like vibes.
Last year, in a pre-Covid world, we were jet setting to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard for a little family holiday for Halloween. Yes, you read that right. Halloween is a much treasured time of year for us as a family, including Greyson, where we build haunted gingerbread houses, bake pumpkin everything, and watch a batch of kid-friendly scary movies to get into the spirit of things. Year after year Grey has become more involved in the festivities and so it’s been fun building these memories.
Boston has always been a favorite stateside destination for my husband and I. We’ve both traveled there separately before we met and fell in love with what the city had to offer. This time around we would be traveling as a family with the intention of spending a couple of days in downtown Boston then make our way to Salem. Afterwards we would round out our trip with a ferry ride to Martha’s Vineyard before heading back to Boston to fly home.
Since we’re pretty stuck this year and our travels have been put on pause, settle in for a walk down memory lane of our trip to Boston, Salem, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Boston Common & Public Garden
Boston Common is known as America’s oldest public park and is home to a variety of historic sites. One that I was looking forward to finding was the famous “Make Way for Ducklings” statue (and where the children’s book got its inspiration). It took a little bit of wandering around to find them but I’m so glad I was able to capture a few pictures of us at the statue.
Greyson enjoyed running around and even found some swans who call the Common home. It’s such a beautiful place to visit and a must for anyone looking to enjoy being outside while in Boston.
Make Way For Duckling Statue
This is possibly one of the most iconic streets in Boston – known for the cobblestone and traditional New England architecture. It really does have a way of transporting you back to colonial Boston! It’s quite easy to get to and a popular stop among tourists like ourselves. You can find a number of people taking their Instagram-worthy photos here…much like I did while we paid our visit. Just try to not disturb the actual residents who live here.
The main inspiration for our trip to Boston and Salem for Halloween is, of course, to visit the locations featured in Hocus Pocus. My husband had visited Salem years ago when he was stationed in Cape Cod, so it was nice having my own personal tour guide and someone who knew the ins and outs of what the city has to offer.
When we first arrived we did the most of our walking around town and just exploring on foot. It was great getting to walk down neighborhoods and take in the New England architecture of the homes and enjoy the crisp evening air. We enjoyed plenty of Shipyard Pumpkinhead beer with a cinnamon-sugar rim (a must when in town!) and all of the witchy attractions.
Hocus Pocus Filming Locations
Our second day in Salem was all about finding the different locations where Hocus Pocus was filmed. The town has really embraced the movie and its witchy history, making it a fun destination for the whole family.
We were able to grab photos near Town Hall, Allison’s House (in real life known as a the Ropes Mansion), and Max and Dani’s house (which actually isn’t located in downtown Salem and is a private residence). On our way out of town to the ferry that would take us to Martha’s Vineyard we actually went to Old Burial Hill, one of New England’s oldest cemeteries but didn’t take photos.
We weren’t able to make it to a few spots due to the weather and running out of time. Perhaps next visit we can get to Pioneer Village,
Salem Witch Museum
On our last day in Salem before setting off for Martha’s Vineyard it began to rain so I booked us a tour of the Salem Witch Museum. It’s a simple museum that’s mainly an animatronic puppet show of the events that lead up to the Salem Witch Trials. I was impressed with its simplicity, but walked away having learned a lot about what happened. Afterwards, we grabbed some food and enjoyed our last evening in Salem.
The final leg of our trip took us to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. October is the off season for much of the island so we didn’t end up getting the full effect as if we were to visit during the summertime. Nevertheless, we had fun taking the ferry and enjoying this quaint (and quiet) New England town.
The Gingerbread Cottages
Another iconic spot to visit while on the island – the Edgartown Lighthouse. I’m glad the weather warmed up a bit for us on our day trip – was definitely a nice break from the cold and dreary New England weather…which happened to return the very next day.
After climbing up and getting a picturesque view of the town we spent the morning wandering around Edgartown and enjoyed our walk up and down the neighborhoods. Before heading back we stopped off for some wine and light eats. I throughly enjoyed our mini-trip to Martha’s Vineyard and can’t wait to make it back.
After our overnight stay on the Vineyard we headed back to Boston via the ferry to catch our flight home. From start to finish it was a great experience for us as a family and one I can’t wait to do again – especially when baby Olivia arrives and travel is safe. Until then, we have our memories and plenty of viewings of Hocus Pocus to keep up entertained.